Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 14, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Cucumbers

The FDA, the CDC, and state and local officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona linked to “slicer” cucumbers, supplied by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce and grown in Baja, Mexico. This type of cucumber can also be called “American” cucumbers. The FDA is moving quickly to investigate this issue and learn as much as possible to prevent additional people from becoming ill. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Drug for Chemotherapy Nausea and Vomiting

The FDA approved Varubi (rolapitant) to prevent delayed phase chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (emesis). Varubi is approved in adults in combination with other drugs (antiemetic agents) that prevent nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of vomit-inducing cancer chemotherapy. Click title to continue reading...



Error in Infusion Pump Alarm May Delay or Stop Therapy; Injury Risk

An error in the Alaris syringe pump, Model #8110, triggers a visual and audible alarm and causes the pump to stop supplying the infusion to the patient. Even when the user clears the error code 351.6740, the syringe pump does not respond to key presses until the product is detached and reattached to the PC unit used to program, monitor, and provide power to the syringe pump. Failure of the syringe module may result in a delay or interruption of therapy and can lead to serious patient injury or death. CareFusion of San Diego, CA, received 108 reports of the issue occurring. Click title to continue reading...



Most Americans' Hearts are Older than Their Age

Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good. According to a new CDC report, three out of four U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual age. This means they are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Child's Death; Failure to Diagnose Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

A two-year-old boy presented to the emergency room (ER) with vomiting, crying, and complaining of abdominal pain. The ER doctor was aware that the boy had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage previously as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The ER doctor did not observe any neurological symptoms. The ER doctor made a preliminary diagnosis of possible new onset of diabetes, gastroenteritis, and dehydration. Click title to continue reading...



PA Malpractice Notice Requirement Substantive; No Dismissal for Failing to File COM

A man underwent laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery, a procedure intended to place a band around a person’s stomach to limit the person’s food intake and help him or her lose weight. The surgeon who performed the procedure mistakenly left the band free floating in the man’s abdomen. As a result, the man failed to lose weight. The man suffered internal scarring, limiting his options for similar surgeries into the foreseeable future. Click title to continue reading...



Law Prohibiting Insurer Reservation of Discretion Not Preempted by ERISA; Vision Impairment

A partner in a law firm participated in the firm’s long-term disability insurance plan. Her vision became impaired. She could no longer perform at the high level and pace expected in her work. Two days after retiring, she filed a claim for long-term disability benefits. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Motion To Exclude Plaintiff’s Trial Exhibits

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing an illustrative motion to exclude the plaintiff’s trial exhibits in an action under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) against the defendant railroad for ergonomic work injuries. Click title to continue reading...